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Issue Details: First known date: 1873 1873
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  • Appears in:
    y Australasian January 1873 Z984275 1873 newspaper issue 1873
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Tales Australian Tales of the Bush Marcus Clarke , Melbourne : Marian Clarke , 1890 Z824474 1890 selected work short story Melbourne : Marian Clarke , 1896
  • Appears in:
    y Marcus Clarke : Stories Michael Wilding (editor), Marcus Clarke , Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1983 Z521440 1983 selected work short story prose Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1983 pg. 103-115
  • Appears in:
    y The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories Ken Gelder (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994 Z356827 1994 anthology short story crime young adult 'Did Australian ghosts suffer from a cultural cringe? Dr Ken Gelder indicates in the introduction to another fascinating OUP anthology that early ghost stories were essentially a "transported genre" that looked back to England as their source. Thus John Lang's well-known story "The Ghost upon the Rail" is based upon a case of murder for post-convict wealth. Gelder argues that Australian ghost stories possess their own ironical flavour, but the gothic tradition has to be resolved in outback locations or deserted mining towns, as in David Rowbotham's "A Schoolie and the Ghost".'

    'Gelder relies heavily on Victorian and Edwardian writers, such as Marcus Clarke, Barbara Baynton and Hume Nisbet, as if unsure as to the nature of contemporary ghosts. It is interesting to see that Australia's science fiction writers, such as Lucy Sussex and Terry Dowling, provide the link between the past and the present. Dowling's "The Daeman Street Ghost-Trap" effectively uses traditional settings to link ghosts with a current horror, namely cancer. Several bunyip stories remind us of a particular Antipodean creature to stand against the assorted European manifestations.'

    (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77, p.55).


    Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1994
    pg. 71-84

Works about this Work

The Westering of Quasimodo : The Legacy of the Grotesque in the New World Michael Ackland , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Departures : How Australia Reinvents Itself 2002; (p. 211-221, notes 298-299)
Examines the use of the grotesque in some Australian ("New World") writing and the way in which this differs from the European grotesque, particularly that of Victor Hugo.
The Westering of Quasimodo : The Legacy of the Grotesque in the New World Michael Ackland , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Departures : How Australia Reinvents Itself 2002; (p. 211-221, notes 298-299)
Examines the use of the grotesque in some Australian ("New World") writing and the way in which this differs from the European grotesque, particularly that of Victor Hugo.
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